Daily Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Preparation 21. 11. 2017

By Saurabh Singh|Updated : November 21st, 2017

India’s Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to International Court of Justice 

  • India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari is re-elected to the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate Christopher Greenwood from the election.
  • Bhandari had got nearly two-thirds of the votes in the General Assembly.
  • In Security Council Greenwood received nine votes as against five for his opponent.
  • This resulted in a stalemate.
  • Deadlock is unlikely to be broken by further rounds of voting.
  • The voting in the General Assembly which overwhelmingly favours India is reflective of the new global order, which is not pleasant to the world powers.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

  • The International Court of Justice is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations (UN).
  • It seated in The Hague, Netherlands.
  • The court settles legal disputes submitted to it by states and provides advisory opinions on legal questions submitted to it by duly authorized international branches, agencies, and the UN General Assembly.
  • The ICJ is composed of fifteen judges elected to nine-year terms by the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council from a list of people nominated by the national groups in the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
  • Five judges elected every three years to ensure continuity within the court.
  • The election process is set out in Articles 4–19 of the ICJ statute.

Topic- GS-2- Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Source- Indian Express

India-Myanmar joint Army exercise “IMBAX” begins in Meghalaya

  • The week-long Army warfare exercise by India and Myanmar, began at the Joint Warfare Centre at Umroi near Shillong in Meghalaya.
  • The exercise code-named India-Myanmar Bilateral Army Exercise (IMBAX) is aimed at building and promoting closer relations with armies of the neighbouring countries.

Topic- GS-3- Defence

Source- AIR

Logistics Sector granted Infrastructure Status

  • The Logistics Sector has been granted Infrastructure status.
  • The need for integrated Logistics sector development has been felt for quite some time in view of the fact that the logistics cost in India is very high compared to developed countries.
  • High logistics cost reduces the competitiveness of Indian goods both in domestic as well as export market.
  • Development of logistics would give a boost to both domestic and external demand thereby encouraging manufacturing and 'job creation'.
  • It will enable the Logistics Sector to avail infrastructure lending at easier terms with enhanced limits, access to larger amounts of funds.


  • Logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet requirements of customers or corporations.
  • The logistics of physical items usually involves the integration of information flow, material handling, production, packaging, inventory, transportation, warehousing, and often security.
  • It is a part of supply chain management.

Topic- GS-3- Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc

Source- PIB

India inks loan agreement with World Bank for USD 100 Million

  • India has signed Loan Agreement with World Bank for USD 100 Million for "Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project".
  • The project consists of two components- Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks and Technical Assistance.
  • The objective of the project is to increase solar generation capacity through establishment of large-scale parks in the country.
  • The project will help establish large-scale solar parks and support the government's plan to install 100 Gigawatts (GW) of solar power out of a total renewable-energy target of 175 GW by 2022.

Topic- GS-3- Economic Development, Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

Source- DD News

FSSAI sets maximum permissible limit of antibiotics in meat

  • The national food safety regulator has issued a draft notification fixing the maximum limit of antibiotics in meat and meat products, a long-overdue move that aims to combat rising antibiotic resistance in humans.
  • The notification by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said the maximum permissible limits in chicken is for 37 antibiotics and 67 other veterinary drugs.
  • The move is to ensure that the residue of antibiotics in food from animal sources does not lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in human pathogen, posing a threat to human health.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

  • It is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
  • FSSAI was established by Government of India on 5 September 2008 under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
  • FSSAI is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
  • The FSSAI consists of a chairperson & 22 member.
  • The FSSAI has its headquarters at New Delhi.


  • Antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial drug used in the treatment and prevention of bacterial infections.
  • They may either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Topic- GS-2- Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies

Source- DD News + Wiki

CCMB-IIRR tie-up for low Glycemic Index rice

  • The Hyderabad based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology - CCMB in association with the Indian Institute of Rice Research (IIRR) has developed an Improved Samba Masuri (ISM) variety rice with low Glycemic Index.
  • Rice with low Glycemic Index is considered suitable for people with diabetics.
  • The new variety is also resistant to bacteria blight.
  • The scientists said the ISM has shown better yield and fine grain type enhancing its market potential and profit for farmers.

Topic- GS-3- Biotechnology

Source- AIR

President Kovind inaugurated Manipur Sangai Festival

  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Manipur Sangai Festival at Palace Compound in Imphal, Manipur.

Sangai Festival

  • Sangai festival is an annual cultural festival organised by Manipur Tourism Department every year from November 21 to 30.

Topic- GS-1- Indian Culture

Source- AIR

NASA Launches NOAA Weather Satellite “JPSS-1” to Improve Forecasts

  • NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the first in a series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites.
  • The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) lifted off on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
  • JPSS-1 will be renamed NOAA-20 when it reaches its final orbit.
  • This will give increase confidence in weather forecasts up to seven days in advance, including the potential for severe, or impactful weather.
  • JPSS-1 will join the joint NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite in the same orbit.
  • After that it will provide meteorologists with observations of atmospheric temperature and moisture, clouds, sea-surface temperature, ocean colour, sea ice cover, volcanic ash, and fire detection.
  • The JPSS program is a partnership between NOAA and NASA.

Topic- GS-3- Science and Technology

Source- NASA


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